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Single Family Housing (AS 1684)
AS 1684 Residential Timber Framed Construction Parts 2, 3 and 4 are all parts of an Australian Standard referenced in Volume 2 of the Building Code of Australia as an acceptable construction manual for the construction of timber framed Class 1 and 10 buildings. This includes detached single family houses, terraces, townhouses, villas; certain boarding houses, guest houses and hostels as well as private garages, carports and sheds.

AS 1684 Parts 2, 3 and 4 have recently been revised by some of Australia's leading building, engineering and industry representatives based on feedback from professional and trade users including the TAFE sector, engineers, building designers, building certifiers and builders. Additionally, changes have been made to reflect the outcomes from a number of significant research and development projects completed in 2007 under funding arrangements with Forests and Wood Products Australia.. The changes that have been made are about ensuring the building industry can continue to use the latest available timber technology.

Some of the significant revisions to the Standard include:
  1. Changes to the role, function and need for wall noggings;
  2. Incorporation of generic building practices for engineered wood products;
  3. Simplification and more efficient tie-down systems for high wind areas, including cyclonic areas; and
  4. The incorporation of new structural design characteristic values for stress grades MGP 10, MGP 12 and MGP 15 via minor revisions to the relevant span tables.
The strength and integrity of any timber-framed building can be measured against its compliance with this Standard which has set the benchmark for timber construction since 1946.

Copies of the latest editions of AS 1684, span tables and related resources are available through the Shop.

 
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